Bernd Kundrun, managing director of Hamburg pay TV web Premiere, will take over as the head of newspaper publishing at Bertelsmann's press unit Gruner+Jahr starting Aug. 1.
Barbra Streisand's Barwood Films is in "very serious discussions" with King World Prods. for a longform TV development and production pact.
Keith Olbermann, the offbeat, acerbic ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor whose behavior over the past few months has tested the cable sports network's management, will be let out of his contract six months…
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" again proved the place to sell records as an appearance by Bob Carlisle helped his "Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)" disc to sell 234,000 copies for the week ended June…
Asian Cable Communications (Accion) has become the exclusive distributor of the ESPN and Star Sports channels to cable affiliates in the Philippines.
John Salley, the former NBA star left at the altar this year by Disney's syndie arm, is in discussions for a development deal with Columbia TriStar Television Distribution.
Cable networks didn't prove as big a threat to broadcasters as they'd hoped this year, but still scored gains in the upfront market.
Westinghouse Electric Corp. has shifted gears on its plan to spin off industrial assets, and will now group crown jewel Thermo King as part of the media business to be renamed CBS Corp.
A government-friendly bidder, PRO TV, passed the first hurdle in the contest for the privatization of STV2, the nationwide channel currently operated by pubcaster Slovak TV.
Japan's only up-and-running digital satellite broadcaster, PerfecTV, is planning to launch a subscription campaign during the summer payroll bonus season.